The Dallas, Texas-based band Seeker are releasing their second album, Loss, on October 14 via Victory Records. (Pre-order it from Amazon.)
We’re premiering the video for the title track today. Watch it below:
Between their debut album, 2013’s Unloved, and Loss, the band underwent the kind of lineup changes that usually just result in a breakup. The guitarist, bassist, and drummer all left; only vocalist Bryce Lucien remained. But instead of giving up, he picked up the bass, recruited a new guitarist and drummer (Andy Torres and Alex Curry, respectively), and made Loss. He answered a few questions about that process, the new album, and this song via email.
The band underwent a total lineup revamp between Unloved and this album—can you briefly explain what happened there?
For nearly two years leading up to Unloved we had been touring constantly, and that trend didn’t change in the months following its release. We had spent so much time on the road and invested so much time and money into the band that our home lives were basically nonexistent and we were all completely out of money. We’ve always been the sort of band that can deal with the various hardships that come with living this life, but when certain events happened in August 2014 that forced me to quit, everyone’s frustration and burnout came to a head and the band found itself at a standstill.
This isn’t to say that the band wasn’t important to everyone involved, but gradually as more and more time passed it became less of a priority. Our old bassist is a tattoo artist, and he had placed that on hold while we were constantly on the road. Our old guitarist moved to Austin and began to settle into life there. When I rejoined they had built lives for themselves outside of the band, and weren’t as interested in continuing to pursue this with us. There was no drama or fights. Life just happened.
We’re unbelievably happy as a three-piece now, though. Not to discredit what any of our past members did for the band, but Andy, Alex, and myself are so comfortable with one another and so in tune with each other musically that we really aren’t in any sort of hurry to add new members. We feel like our current setup allows us to be the band that we’ve always wanted to be.
As a result of the lineup changes, you’re now the bassist as well as the singer. How long had you been playing bass? Do you feel more Lemmy-esque now, handling both?
I’m definitely drinking more Jack and Cokes, but no, I don’t feel like Lemmy. If only I could be that much of a badass. For us, having me play bass and handle vocals was an absolute necessity. Our bassist quit two weeks before we left for tour in April, which didn’t really leave us with much choice. When I joined the band I played guitar live, and had started handling guitar and vocal duties in January, but I had never played bass live in any capacity. The last time I played one at all was when I tracked bass during the recording sessions for Unloved.
So going into April we really had no idea how it was going to go over, how we would gel as a three-piece, or anything like that, but it really worked. Crowd response was great and our onstage chemistry is better than ever. I’ve definitely settled into the position and enjoy it.
In what ways do you feel the band’s music has evolved from Unloved to Loss? What can you do, musically, now that you weren’t capable of in 2013?
There’s no way we could have written this album before. It’s not even really so much that our playing has improved, which it definitely has in a huge way, but more that we’ve all gone through so much over the last three years and learned so much about ourselves and what we want musically that we are finally able to put aside any preconceived ideas about what sort of band we are or what we need to be doing. We were finally able to just let go and write the album that we have always wanted to write. This is a way more mature and fully realized album than Unloved was. I feel like we’re finally starting to move closer to finding the voice that we want this band to have.
We’re premiering the last track from the album, “Loss”—what’s the story behind that song? Why did you choose it to close out the album? Loss is about the day that the person who I loved more than anyone died, and the mental and emotional aftermath of her suicide. Most of the songs on the album are about the events leading up to that. It’s why I left the band. That’s as much as I’ll get into it. This album is ridiculously personal. I came back into the band because it was the only way I knew how to process through everything that happened.